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A Tour of Onscreen Bristol

 Bristol’s looking familiar, and it’s not just because we walk through it every day. No, it’s because it’s reflected back to us from the silver screen. It seems that wherever you go in Bristol, it has at some point been used for filming. Start off at the iconic Clifton Suspension ... read more

Leah Eades

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Forget the movies, see a play

If you're in England and seeing movies, Shakespeare would be ashamed. Go to the Royal Court Theatre near Sloane Square. The venue hosts a variety of progressive and experimental ... read more

Ann Clark


Films to check out

'Machuca' tells the story of two boys from different socioeconomic backgrounds in Santiago who befriend each other during Pinochet's 1973 coup d'etat. The movie gives a good impression ... read more

Matthew Hintsa


Watch before you go

If you want to get a taste of Bedouin desert life, watch the classic "Lawrence of Arabia." It shows spectacular footage of Jordan’s desolate deserts, and will get you ... read more

Adam Lichtenheld


To watch before you go

I highly recommend War Dance, an Academy Award nominated documentary about northern Uganda. Beyond being an incisive and touching treatise on the issues, the film’s photography is absolutely breathtaking. read more

Pete  Muller


The World in Beijing

"The World" (Chinese title: "Shijie"), directed and written by Zhang Ke Jia, revolves around the lives of ordinary Chinese folks who work at a theme park that is a miniaturized ... read more

Amy Adoyzie Lam


The Original

Most films are shown in their original language in Swiss movie theaters since the population speaks so many languages themselves. If the film is shown in English with German and ... read more

Chantal  Panozzo


When going to the movies, bring your Spanish dictionary

It is an old Spanish custom, much like wearing hoods and carrying religious icons during Semana Santa or hanging ham legs in your kitchen. It's watching all movies in ... read more

Marcy Miranda


Hooray for Bollywood!

Prepare to hear the lyrics to popular Bollywood songs in shops and taxis all over India, and the faces of the ten most popular Bollywood stars plastered all over advertisements ... read more

Emily Strasser


Go to the movies to watch the flirting (and maybe the movie)

Instead of watching films about Iran while at home, try going to a cinema in Tehran. The films they show are hit or miss, but you’ll be able to ... read more

Mimi Hanaoka


"Without the King" (Watch it before you come!)

One of the few movies about Swaziland is a documentary called "Without the King." You won’t be able to find the film in Swaziland, though, as it is critical ... read more

Mallory Primm


Spanish, Spanish, everywhere!

If you see any American films in Spain, don't expect to hear your native language -- everything is in Spanish. All movies, regardless of language, are dubbed in Spanish. Subtitles ... read more

Mike Mian


"Dogura" offers unique view of Cambodian life

"Dogura" has no script, plot, or actors. As a feature-length film by French filmmaker, Patrice Leconte, it offers scenes of Cambodian daily life and cultural practice. Similar to "Baraka" and ... read more

Anna Schwaber


"Half Blood Prince" is your new holiday flick

Missed the latest blockbuster in the States? No worries! You can probably catch it in Mongolia a few months later. There are several great theaters in Ulaanbaatar that screen Mongolian ... read more

Lindsay Myron


Put down your books and beer, and watch a movie instead

There have only been a few films that have been made in Laos in the past 30 years, but that doesn't mean there aren't opportunities to watch international ... read more

Gabriel Shaya

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A film worth watching

"Grbavica: Land of My Dreams" is a beautiful, difficult film. Written and directed by Jasmila Zbanic with a slow and steady hand, Grbavica shows the myriad ways that war affects ... read more

danielle hayes


Watch and learn about former East Germany

Walking down the streets of Berlin, it’s difficult to imagine that up until 1989, a wall ran through the city dividing Germany into two nations: East Germany and West ... read more

Audrey Bergner

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Play instead

The film industry in the UK has a hard time keeping up with its U.S. and Continental counterparts. Think of “Love Actually,” “Shakespeare in Love,” and that awful early-1990s ... read more

Marshall Worsham


Go for the festivals

There's not a big culture for cinema in Cyprus -- there are only a couple movie theaters per city, and most of them are the expensive big blockbuster-type showing American ... read more

Madeline Blount


Madonna does Malawi

No matter your opinion on the Material Girl, Madonna’s documentary “I Am Because We Are” is one of few films you’ll find about Malawi. The documentary examines HIV ... read more

Rebecca Jacobson


“All is Well” with three idiots

I’m not sure why the words “all is well” resonate so deeply in the Indian psyche, but after watching the scene in "Three Idiots" that sets this English phrase ... read more

Valerie Hohman


What happened to the movie?

At the movies in Israel, there is usually a five minute break in the middle of the movie. This is for a bathroom break, cigarette break or stretch break. Also ... read more

Jonathan Amerikaner


The Hollywood of the Middle East

Egypt is the largest producer of Arabic films in the world, making Egyptian Arabic the most widely understood dialect among Arabic speakers. In downtown Cairo there seems to be a ... read more

Max Nepstad


Genghis Khan controversy

A fun way to start a conversation with a Mongolian is to ask for a Genghis Khan film recommendation. This question should unleash a tirade railing against the handful of ... read more

Andrew Cullen


Bollywood's "adult" film

Dev.D is director Anurag Kashyap’s 2009 sexed-up, drugged-out take on the classic Indian novel Devdas. Headstrong Dev is rejected by Paro, his childhood love. He consoles himself by ... read more

Janna White

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